Supervised injection rooms are legally sanctioned facilities where people who use intravenous drugs can inject pre-obtained drugs under medical supervision. Supervised injection facilities are designed to reduce the health and societal problems associated with injection drug use.
Supervised injection facilities provide sterile injection equipment, information about reducing the harms of drugs, health care, treatment referrals, and access to medical staff. Some offer counseling, hygienic amenities, and other services.
They are also successful in reducing public disorder associated with illicit drug use, including improper syringe disposal and public drug use.
SIFs have been researched and evaluated for years. The evidence is conclusive that they reduce HIV and hepatitis transmission risks, prevent overdose deaths, reduce public injections, reduce discarded syringes, and increase the number of people who enter drug treatment.
There are now actually approximately 100 SIFs operating in at least 66 cities around the world in nine countries (Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Spain, Denmark, Australia and Canada). The first North American supervised injection site, Insite, opened in Vancouver, Canada in 2003.
No such facilities currently exist in the United States, but the Drug Policy Alliance is advocating for supervised injection pilot programs in San Francisco and New York City. We are working to expand the national dialogue on drug control to include policies and programs that mitigate the harms of drug use without mandating abstinence.
While gaining acceptance for a U.S. facility will be an uphill battle, we are committed to challenging the stigma surrounding injection drug use and introducing political leaders and the public to the health and societal benefits that supervised injection sites bring to local communities.
NYC Drug Overdoses Killed 886 People in 2015, Increase of 10%, Bronx Hardest Hit
New York, NY – Following Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement last night that fatal drug overdoses increased by 10% in 2015 – the fifth straight year – advocates applauded new city initiatives to curb the epidemic while renewing their call for supervised injection facilities (SIFs), a public health strategy that has been
Speakers Include Canadian Senator Larry Campbell, Former Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer and Mayor of Vancouver Who Established First Supervised Consumption Facility in North America
Bill Creates a Public Health Response to California’s Overdose Crisis; Allows Cities to Provide A Safe and Supervised Space for People Who Use Drugs
Tuesday, April 5, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee will hold a legislative hearing on AB 2495 (Eggman) to permit localities to establish supervised consumption services (SCS), which allow individuals to consume controlled substances in a safe space, provide sterile equipment, and connect patients to treatment, medical care, and other social services.
One Bill Creates a Safe and Supervised Space for People to Use Drugs; The Other Would Establish a Pilot Program to Treat Opioid Dependence with Poly-Morphone Therapy
Proposals are Part of Groundbreaking Package of Harm Reduction Drug Policy Bills That Would Also Decriminalize Small Amounts of All Drugs and Provide Treatment-at-Need in ER’s and Hospitals
Tuesday at 1pm, the Maryland House of Delegates will hold legislative hearings on two progressive legislative proposals aimed at treating drug use as a health issue. House Bill 1212 permits the establishment of safe consumption programs, which allow individuals to consume controlled substances in a safe space, provide sterile equipment, and connect patients to treatment, medical care, and other social services.
Decriminalization Bill Part of Groundbreaking Package of Harm Reduction Drug Policy Bills
Four Proposed Bills Would Provide Treatment-at-Need in ER’s and Hospitals, Decriminalize Small Amounts of All Drugs, Set Up Safe Consumption Programs, and More
Tuesday at 1pm, the Maryland House of Delegates will hold the first-ever legislative hearing on decriminalizing small amounts of illegal drugs, including cocaine and heroin. House Bill 1119, which removes criminal penalties for low-level, non-violent drug offenses under certain minimal threshold limits and instead imposes a civil fine, will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee.
Latest Health Department Data Shows New Increase in Heroin Overdose Deaths
New York, NY – The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today released new data showing that in 2014 heroin overdose deaths in New York City increased for the fourth straight year. While NYC government has long supported overdose prevention services – especially efforts to make the opioid overdose antidote naloxone available – health advocates say much more needs to be done, including establishing supervised injection facilities (SIFs).
Public Forum Held with International Experts Explaining How Supervised Injection Facilities Reduce Overdose Deaths, Disease Transmission, and Public Disorder
Hundreds of New Yorkers Turn Out In Support of Supervised Injection Facilities
New York City -- Homelessness and public drug use are on the rise in New York, and accidental drug overdoses now kill more people than car accidents in the U.S. As the Mayor and Police Commissioner Bratton struggle to find solutions to these problems, advocates in New York are calling for effective public health solutions like those being used in cities throughout Europe and Canada.
International Strategies May Offer Solutions for New York’s Increasing Problem with Heroin Use, Preventable Overdose Deaths, Disease Transmission, and Public Drug Use
Wednesday: Amy Goodman, Host of “Democracy Now!” Moderates Community Forum with International Experts to Discuss Public Injection Drug Use and Supervised Injection Facilities
New York City -- Homelessness and public drug use are on the rise in New York, and accidental drug overdoses now kill more people than car accidents in the U.S. But effective public health solutions are available and being used in cities throughout Europe, Canada, and Australia.
Increasing Heroin Use, Unprecedented Homelessness Crisis Drive Preventable Overdose Deaths, Disease Transmission, and Public Disorder
New York, NY – The documentary film Everywhere But Safe: Public Injecting in New York premieres on August 25 at the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem. Filmed in New York City, Albany, Schenectady, and Columbia County, NY, the film documents the health and safety consequences for the thousands of New Yorkers who inject drugs in public and semi-public places due to homelessness and other factors.
Harm reduction services and syringe exchange are more than just a prevention strategy. Access to these vital services enables HIV testing, linkage to care and other critical health/social services, as well as affirming the human rights and dignity of people who use drugs.